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    Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

    A stuffy nose may occur after a nose injury and may block the drainage of a sinus camera.gif. As the fluid builds up, pressure on the sinus increases, causing pain. The blocked sinus may lead to a sinus infection.

    Symptoms of a sinus infection include:

    • Moderate to severe sinus pain that gets worse when you strain, cough, or bend over.
    • Fever.
    • Swelling around the eyes.
    • Thick yellow or green nasal discharge.
    • Trouble breathing through the nose.
    • Nasal-sounding voice.
    • A general feeling of not being well (malaise).
    • A cough caused by drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drip).
    • Bad breath (more common in children).
    • Reduced senses of taste and smell.

    Medical treatment for a sinus infection includes medicines to:

    • Treat the infection and prevent infection from spreading.
    • Improve breathing.
    • Reduce tissue swelling.
    • Relieve pain.
    • Maintain mucous drainage.
    • Prevent scar tissue in the nose and sinuses.

    An untreated sinus infection can lead to serious complications.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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